ReFS vs ZFS

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ReFS vs ZFS

Veeam Logoby heliop100 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:40 pm

Hi,I'm moving 2Tb (NTFS, almost full) of archiving and Veeam Backup Copies to a new mirrored 4Tb one.As this new server will be only for store cold data, I'm wondering if I go to Server 2016 + ReFS or FreeBSD (or Linux) + ZFS.

Any thoughts?

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Re: ReFS vs ZFS

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:19 pm

Hi, ReFS no doubt. ZFS would be my recommendation when you have to have Linux-based repository, but ReFS wins hands down due to its capabilities specifically as it comes to backup storage for Veeam. Thanks!
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Re: ReFS vs ZFS

Veeam Logoby PTide » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:36 pm

Just remember that ZFS is not only a filesystem but it also offers you RAID capabilities thus you can export a big ZFS LUN via iSCSI to a Windows based machine and create a ReFS volume atop of it. Another important thing to remember about is that ZFS originally came from UNIX thus its implementation on Linux-based machines requires an additional abstraction layer which might introduce more bugs. In other words if you want ZFS then stick with UNIX and never ever try to put another layer between real hardware and ZFS, i.e. no vmfs (only direct access to a raw device), no RAID etc.

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Re: ReFS vs ZFS

Veeam Logoby heliop100 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:04 pm

Hi PTide,

OpenSolaris?
I used Solaris 10, years ago, when was SUN. Since Oracle acquisition I never tried Solaris again.
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Re: ReFS vs ZFS

Veeam Logoby PTide » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:00 pm

Yes, but in addition to openSolaris there are others that support ZFS

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